Tintern Garden Club

Tintern Garden Club is a village association with approximately 40 members who have a shared interest in the Tintern Community, gardening, handicrafts and local wildlife.

The  Tintern Garden Club (previously known as the VPA) was part of a county-wide affiliation of garden clubs, all of which had strong links with the Agricultural College at Usk. The year 2000 saw the County Organisation close down due to there being insufficient interest in running the organisation among the participating VPAs. However, Tintern Garden Club has continued to operate independently within the village.

2018 Meeting Programme

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As a garden club, we have monthly meetings in the Village Hall, on the third Friday every month from January- April and September- December, starting at 7.30pm. We have an invited speaker each month with a range of subjects such as travel, flower arranging, wine making, bees in the garden, wildlife etc. In the summer months we visit two gardens instead of having indoor meetings and also have a garden party at a member’s garden. The highlight of our year is the Village Show held in August when we hold classes for vegetables, flowers, pot plants, cookery, handicrafts and photography. This is open to all village residents including children. We are also planning some day outings to gardens a bit further afield and possibly some workshops held in members gardens about specific problems such as pruning or potting on orchids and other indoor plants.

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We are always happy to see new members (the subscription is great value at just £10 per year) and non-members are also always welcome to come along to meetings for a charge of £2. For more information about Garden Club, contact Jane McCorquodale on jane.mccorquodale@talk21.com or 01291 689919 – or come along to the next meeting to become our newest member.

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The committee for 2017 is Jane McCorquodale (Chairman), Judith Dudley (Vice Chairman), Bernard Bradshaw (Treasurer), Terry Morrison (Programme Secretary), Dave Tuffrey (Show Secretary), Carole Ostler (Minutes Secretary) and Lindsay Cobb (Publicity Officer).
Contact
Jane McCorquodale
01291 689919
email
jane.mccorquodale@talk21.com
Report on April 2017 Meeting

April saw the first of this year’s outings to a lovely garden at South Lodge in Clearwell. The Lodge is in the grounds of Clearwell Castle, which was built in 1728 by Sir Thomas Wyndham and was the home of Countess of Dunraven in the 1860s, but apparently later became a recording studio for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Sweet! Our intrepid group of Garden Club members held our visit with slightly more decorum and less tendency towards the occult. Our hosts made us very welcome and gave us a tour, explaining the work they had undertaken since moving to the Lodge in 1999, including moving over 300 tons of builders rubble, flattening slopes, battling with perennial weeds and excavating the wildlife pond. Jane showed us the swathes of large herbaceous borders, the fernery area and the orchard within which grow some traditional old tree varieties of medlar, mulberry and damson as well as more common apple, plum and pear. We loved the huge variety of sculptures and ornaments hidden around the garden. At the end of our visit we were treated to some fabulously tasty homemade cake and tea, including a lovely coconut citrus cake. It was a great start to our programme of visits this year.

We will have a plant stall at the Spring Craft & Bric-a-Brac Fair on Sunday 28 May in Tintern Village Hall and our annual stall at the village fete on Saturday 24 June. Come along and support us!

 Report on March 2017 Meeting

For our March meeting, we were visited by Katherine Crouch, a previous BBC Gardener Of The Decade! Her talk on ‘New Tricks for Old Gardeners’ aptly gave us some clever ideas on gardening for the more ‘mature’ members of the club. Katherine shared some very forthright views on how low maintenance gardens do not have to entail covering every green space with gravel and patio slabs, and we enjoyed the photos she shared of inspiring garden designs and her hints and tips for gardening into older age. We all had a play with the handy tools she brought along as a demo, to show us a range of gadgets to help cope with aged limbs, dodgy backs and tired muscles!

This month’s competition was to bring a vase of spring flowers. The winner was Marion Derrett with a dainty arrangement, Judith Dudley was in second place and Terry Morrison in third. Thank you to all competitors!

 
Report on February 2017 Meeting
 
On a fine February evening, the very talented Clyde Hoare joined our meeting to give us a fantastic talk and demonstration of willow weaving and basketry. In just an hour, he made a fabulous garden obelisk appear out of just a few rods of willow. Our members were inspired so expect to see willow sculptures appearing all across Tintern very soon!

This month’s competition was to bring something made of wicker, with our guest speaker acting as the judge. The winner was Lindsay Cobb with a colourful basket, with Sue Evans in second place and Dave Tuffrey in third. Thank you to all competitors.

 
Report on January 2017 Meeting: AGM
 
The January meeting of Garden Club was our AGM. It was great to see so many members attending to discuss the successes of 2016 and to get ready for a brand new programme this year.

Our Chairman, Jane, reminded us of highlights over the past year, including the wide range of speakers organised by Terry, the fabulous garden visits, the village Garden Crawl and the great support for our garden stall selling plants and produce at the village hall table sales and the village fete. Dave reviewed the successful annual show last August and we had a lively discussion about new competition categories we could consider for this year’s show. Bernard, our Treasurer, reassured us that our finances are in sound shape and that membership levels are hearty. The new 2017 programme was handed out and will be delivered to any members who could not make it to the AGM. 

Each month we hold a competition and, as they say, points win prizes! The overall winner with the most points for 2016 was Sue Hassell, who won a beautiful glass ornament.